Justice Richard Goldstone makes an address during a visit to Nato in 1996. (Image: Nato)Janine ErasmusSouth African judge Richard Goldstone, former Constitutional Court justice and chief prosecutor of the Rwanda and Yugoslavia tribunals, has been named as the second recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Award for International Justice. The award will be conferred on Goldstone in May 2009 in The Hague, seat of the International Criminal Court where he served from 2004 to 2006.Former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan was the inaugural MacArthur Foundation Laureate, and received the award in March 2008. The MacArthur Foundation is a private organisation based in Chicago that awards grants to causes that focus on human and community development, global security and sustainability. The foundation makes endowments of about R67.2-billion ($6-billion) annually.Making the announcement, foundation President Jonathon Fanton said, “For the second year, we have chosen someone present at the creation of the modern era of international justice, a distinguished jurist and legal scholar, a person whose clarity of purpose, fairness, and credibility is a force that inspires all who labour in special tribunals, regional human rights courts and the International Criminal Court itself. I am pleased to announce that the second recipient of the MacArthur Award for International Justice will be Richard J. Goldstone.”Goldstone receives $100 000 for his own work, and the foundation also invites him to nominate a non-profit organisation of his choice for a donation of $500 000. The organisation must, however, be related to international justice issues.A distinguished careerJudge Goldstone is renowned at home and abroad not only as the former chief prosecutor of two important war crimes tribunals, but also as the chairperson of the Standing Commission of Inquiry Regarding Public Violence and Intimidation, which was also known as the Goldstone Commission. The Goldstone Commission was effective from 1991 to 1994 and was set up by former President and Nobel Peace Laureate FW de Klerk to probe incidents of public violence and intimidation in South Africa prior to the country’s first democratic general election in 1994. The uncertain years before the advent of democracy were plagued with violence and the Commission is widely acknowledged as having played a critical role in mitigating the unrest. The Committee could not establish conclusively that the political violence was fuelled by a third force “existing as a sinister and secret organisation orchestrating political violence on a wide front”. It did, however, openly name the police force and army as major contributors to the violence.“His wise and even-handed direction of the Commission proved invaluable to the democratic transition in that country, where he served also as an inaugural member of the Constitutional Court,” commented Fanton.The Constitutional Court is South Africa’s highest vehicle of justice of its kind and its jurisdiction is related strictly to constitutional matters and issues connected with decisions on constitutional matters.Goldstone later served for two years as chief prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda, becoming the first prosecutor to assume joint responsibility for both. These were the first courts of their kind since the trials of Nazi war criminals after World War II. Judge Navanethem Pillay is South Africa’s present representative on the bench – she is assigned to the Appeals division.Fanton described Goldstone’s work on the tribunals as a “mature, meticulous, and measured exercise of that mandate”, which brought welcome resolution to victims and established a new model for the prosecution of crimes against humanity.After his term in The Hague, Goldstone served as chair of the International Independent Inquiry on Kosovo and co-chair of the International Bar Association’s terrorism task force. Between 1999 and 2003 he was a member of the group of advisers to the International Committee of the Red Cross.Goldstone currently sits on the board of directors of the International Centre for Transitional Justice, an organisation that assists countries seeking justice for past mass atrocity or human rights abuse. The Centre’s board is chaired by its founder Dr Alex Boraine, another distinguished South African legal professional.Goldstone also holds directorships of humanitarian organisations such as Physicians for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, and the Massachussetts-based Brandeis University Centre for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life. He is a foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an honorary member of the New York Bar Association, among others.Author of numerous articles on international humanitarian law, Goldstone has been honoured by a multitude of organisations from all over the world, and holds 17 honorary Doctorate of Law degrees from renowned institutions such as the universities of Notre Dame, Cape Town, British Columbia, Glasgow, and Calgary. His memoir For Humanity: Reflections of a War Crimes Investigator was published in 2000.International champion of peaceGoldstone recently announced that he will spend three months in The Hague as the first The Hague Peace Philosopher. He anticipates his tenure to run from early April 2009. The Peace Philosopher is an initiative supported by the Spinoza Fellowship, which is a partnership between the municipality of The Hague, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Radio Netherlands Worldwide and Leiden University’s campus at The Hague. It is expected that a new Peace Philosopher will be selected every year to work on issues relating to international peace.Goldstone will focus his efforts on a new convention on crimes against humanity but will also give readings and interviews, lead debates, and hold master classes, as well as produce several publications for Radio Netherlands Worldwide’s International Justice website. These will all relate to his major theme: the growing cohesion between international humanitarian law and international human rights. Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at firstname.lastname@example.org. Related articles SA judge UN Human Rights head The ConstitutionUseful linksMacArthur FoundationGoldstone CommissionInternational Criminal CourtInternational Centre for Transitional JusticeConstitutional CourtRadio Netherlands Worldwide – international justice
View comments “I’m happy we won [but] still, I really hate the way we played in the third quarter,” said Fernandez. “It seemed like we didn’t know how to play basketball. We gave up so many points, we gave up so many turnovers.”Davon Potts unloaded 15 points for the Hawkeyes, who staged an 11-0 blitz with 2:38 left to regain control, 88-69, against Racal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJason Perkins and Alfred Ryan Batino also teamed up for 26 points as the Hawkeyes improved to 5-2.Earlier, Wangs Basketball snapped a two-game skid with a nail-biting 88-86 escape over Gamboa Coffee Mix. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pacquiao punishes spar mates 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cignal HD rolled to a fifth victory in the PBA D-League, but it wasn’t the kind of win coach Boyet Fernandez wanted.Nearly blowing early 20-point leads, the Hawkeyes held off Racal Motor’s late run for a 93-75 victory in the Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I expected to get the ball in the end,” said John Ambuludto, who sank the game-winner. “I thought if I did, I would shoot it anyway.”Gamboa Coffee’s Mike Parala tied the game at 86 with 8.6 ticks remaining before Ambuludto dropped a floater with two seconds left to win the game for the Couriers.Robert Herndon led the Couriers with 27 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal.Gamboa playing coach Leo Avenido nearly finished with a double-double with a day-high 38 points and nine boards. —CARLO ANOLIN, KRISTOFER PURNELLADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage
“With the injuries we have and with LeBron watching his minutes, we’ve got to get creative with some of our lineups and make sure we have groups out there that give us a chance to win still,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “Ultimately, we’re trying to get a win each and every time out.”Pascal Siakam scored 16 points and Marc Gasol added 15 to help Toronto win its ninth consecutive meeting with the Lakers, extending a franchise record. The Raptors have not lost to the Lakers since Nov. 30, 2014. They also set a franchise record with their 20th victory of the season against a Western Conference opponent.Rajon Rondo scored 13 points but the Lakers failed to win back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 15 and 17 when they beat Chicago and won at Oklahoma City.Los Angeles overturned a 20-point deficit to win at Chicago on Tuesday night, snapping a five-game losing streak. The Lakers kept it close through three quarters against Toronto, the Atlantic Division leader, but couldn’t hang on in the fourth as the Raptors started the quarter with a 13-4 spurt.The Lakers made 7 of 31 attempts from 3-point range.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine football chief MOST READ “We gave ourselves a chance to stay around and stay in the game,” Walton said, “but to win against a good team on the road, for the most part, you’re going to have to knock down more than that.”Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma shot 3 for 11 and scored seven points. He missed all three of his attempts from long range.“It just wasn’t my night,” Kuzma said. “You can’t be perfect all 82. I’ve got to be better, for sure.”Kuzma got an earful from his coach after he failed to defend a 3 by Toronto’s Danny Green in the third quarter.Toronto guard Malcolm Miller, who played 24 minutes in a G-League game earlier Thursday, made two 3-pointers in the fourth.The Raptors were without guard Kyle Lowry, who sat because of a sore left ankle and forward Serge Ibaka, who began serving a three-game suspension for throwing a punch at Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss on Monday night.The Raptors were up 65-54 at halftime and took a 90-84 lead into the fourth.TIP-INSLakers: Los Angeles has not won consecutive road games since victories at Miami on Nov. 18 and Cleveland on Nov. 21. … C Tyson Chandler missed his fifth straight game because of a sore neck, and G Lance Stephenson sat for the sixth time in seven games because of a sprained toe on his left foot. … James missed three straight free throws in the fourth. … The Lakers are 1-6 in March.Raptors: Gasol started in place of Ibaka, and Jeremy Lin started in place of Lowry. … Toronto signed F/C Eric Moreland to a 10-day contract. … The Raptors are 10-0 against Pacific Division opponents. The last team to go 10-0 against a single division was Golden State, which did it against the Southeast in 2015-16. … Toronto’s 28 home wins are the most in the NBA. James scored 29 points and Alex Caruso had a career-high 16 for Los Angeles. The struggling Lakers lost for the sixth time in seven games, further denting their fading playoff hopes.Earlier this month, after consulting with James’ personal trainer, the Lakers said James would play limited minutes the rest of the season and might sit out one of any back-to-back gamesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“It’s challenging for me mentally, because I’m so accustomed to being out on the floor, especially when I’m healthy,” James said. “This is the direction they wanted to go the remainder of the season, given the lack of success we’ve had with our ball club.”James played 32 minutes Thursday and has not played more than 33 in any of the past four games. His status for Friday’s game at Detroit is not known. Kyrie Irving gets 2nd career triple-double as Celtics overcome Kings Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) controls the ball as Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, left, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — LeBron James is finding it hard to stay chill about his season-ending cooldown.Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points, Norman Powell had 20 and the Toronto Raptors beat James and the Los Angeles Lakers 111-98 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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It’s a nod to the team’s partnership with Grammy award-winner Drake. The Toronto-born rapper has been involved with the Raptors since being named the team’s ‘global ambassador’ in September 2013. OVO is an acronym for October’s Very Own, Drake’s record label and clothing line.UP NEXTLakers: At Detroit on Friday night.Raptors: At Detroit on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments
Actress and lung cancer advocate Valerie Harper and her husband Tony Cacciotti will join with other lung cancer advocates and supporters at the Lung Cancer Foundation of America’s “Day at the Races” event, the only event of its kind in the USA to support lung cancer research, at Del Mar Race Track, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014 on Sunday, July 28, 2013 from 2 PM – 6 PM.Ms. Harper, who is currently fighting lung cancer that has occurred in the lining of her brain, is helping to bring attention to lung cancer, the USA’s number one cancer killer for both men and women, accounting for nearly 30% of all cancer deaths.“Val and Tony’s participation in the fight against lung cancer means so much to LCFA and, especially, to the millions of people who have been deeply affected by this awful disease. Lung cancer is the forgotten cancer. Because of an overall 5-year survival rate of only 15%, there are few survivors to stand up and speak out in support of research funding for the disease, which is why Val’s role is so very important, and why we hope she will inspire others,” said Kim Norris, a lung cancer widow and the president and co-founder of the Lung Cancer Foundation of America (LCFA).Racing fans will learn that lung cancer is the USA’s number one cause of cancer death, killing almost twice as many women as breast cancer and three times as many men as prostate cancer. The poor survival rate for lung cancer is a direct result of the lack of funding for lung cancer research. It is estimated that 60% of new lung cancer diagnoses will be in non-smokers – a combination of 45-50% former smokers (many who quit 10, 20, even 30 years prior to the onset of lung cancer) and 15% of people who have never smoked. Lung cancer is the only cancer that stigmatizes its victims – somehow society believes that lung cancer victims bring it upon themselves. Lung cancer is therefore enshrouded in guilt, both for the victims and family members. Fans will be introduced to lung cancer advocates like Val and Tony and to LCFA — an organization that exists to advocate for research funding.LCFA’s “Day at the Races” will feature a special “Breath Of Life” race to support lung cancer research and help educate the public about this disease. Visit the LCFA Day at the Races website for all-inclusive tax deductible tickets and details.LCFA’s “Day at the Races” event is the brainchild of lung cancer survivor and LCFA advocate Paula Friendly. Paula’s late husband, Hollywood producer Ed Friendly (co-producer of “Laugh-In,” “Little House on the Prairie” among others) was introduced to thoroughbred horse racing ownership in 1970 when he and close friend and actor Lorne Greene bought a racehorse in partnership. A founding member of the National Thoroughbred Association, Friendly established the Thoroughbred Owners of California in 1993. He also served as president of the California’s Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. After Ed’s passing several years ago, Paula remains involved with the Del Mar Race Track and maintains her friendship with the President of the track, Joe Harper, and his wife Barbara.Source:PR Newswire
I leave the answer to the audience. We can learn from the masters, but can we become one?DIRECTOR’S BIO: Neal Thibedeau is a Southern California Native, educated at Chapman University and the American Film Institute, where he fostered his love of storytelling. He now lives in the South Bay with his wife/muse and his two rowdy dogs, while writing, directing, editing, and sometimes shooting projects. This past year he had INTERSECTION (edited by) at over a hundred film festivals, a number of produced projects for El Rey Network, and he just directed his first TV pilot ‘Homeroom’, about an alcoholic Special Ed Teacher.BECOMING ICONIC represents his first foray into directing documentary.FILM: BECOMING ICONICWHAT WERE THE GREATEST CHALLENGES YOU FACED DURING THE FILM?The crew didn’t want us to feature them in the documentary. So every shot had to be done from the shadows (figuratively and sometimes literally).WHAT APPEAL DO YOU THINK YOUR FILM WILL HAVE FOR AUDIENCESIt asks the universal question:Can you manifest your own heightened destiny?andWhat role does fate have in Becoming Iconic?WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CREATOR?I don’t have a choice. Either I get these things out of me in a creative way or they will tear me apart from the inside. It’s my therapy and my connection to the people around me.WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NEXT?I just finished a Pilot for my Television show ‘Homeroom’ about an alcoholic Special Education teacher. It’s a comedy. (http://nthibedeau.wixsite.com/homeroom)WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING FILMMAKERS?You better love it. There are a lot easier ways to make money, so if this is the ONLY thing you can picture yourself doing, then keep at it. It can feel like a Sisyphean occupation, but the rewards are worth what it takes to achieve something. I had one teacher in film school who was honest about how hard it is. I think you have to go into it with eyes open.WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 FAVOURITE FILMS OF ALL TIME?Trainspotting. Requiem for a Dream. Cool Hand Luke.IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE YOUR FILM IN THREE WORDS … WHAT WOULD THEY BE?You Become IconicIF YOU COULD RESHOOT ANY FILM MADE IN THE PAST 20 YEARS, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND HOW WOULD YOU CHANGE IT?Never never. I can’t insult any of the films i love by remaking them.WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS? (AND WHY)Several Film School teachers changed the way I viewed storytelling, and made me serious about my craft. Both were teachers at Chapman University, Everett Lewis, and Joel Moffett.WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL SHOWTIMES:DECEMBER 1, 2017, 5:30 PM – SLCCDECEMBER 2, 2017, 12:30 PM – SLCCGET YOUR TICKETS AT: https://whistlerfilmfestival.com/film/becoming-iconic/SYNOPSIS: This feature length documentary that contains interviews with some of Hollywood’s most iconic directors talk about and with Jonathan Baker . The film explores the process of filmmaking from the ground up through the eyes of top directors as they tell their story of their first time making a feature film in the director’s chair. Then Jonathan takes the chair after listening to their advice and gives his advice though making his film INCONCEIVABLE. Nicolas Cage Jodie Foster Faye Dunaway Warren Beatty Taylor Hackford Adrian Lyne John Badham Jonathan Baker Becoming Iconic GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL TODAY NEAL THIBEDEAU, DIRECTORDIRECTOR’S STATEMENT: Just over a year ago, I set off to Cincinnati on an adventure; to follow a director making his first feature, with A-list talent – INCONCEIVABLE.I found so much more than a movie in Ohio. I found an existential question: what does it mean to be an icon, and what would it take for someone to manifest their own iconic destiny? Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia pulp mill has been fined nearly $700 by the province after flunking a stack test in June, but the amount has the premier questioning whether it’s enough of a deterrent.Environment Minister Iain Rankin said Tuesday that Northern Pulp received the $697.50 summary offence ticket for failing to comply with the terms of its industrial approval.Rankin said the fine is part of a ministerial order requiring the mill to address the issues with its power boiler.“They have been in and out of compliance. There were three tests out of the last 10 were they were not in compliance, and I believe the time is now to step it up to the next level,” said Rankin.Rankin said the fine was appropriate, but he wouldn’t say whether he thought it was minuscule given the province is dealing with a large multi-national company. He said under current regulations, ministerial summary offence fines could run as high as $1,200.Premier Stephen McNeil wasn’t as reluctant to question the amount.“I think the first question, regardless of who it is, is $750 enough of a fine?” he said.McNeil said he has asked the department to review its summary fines as a result.“I think it’s an important time to look at those because there needs to be a deterrent. There needs to be a financial deterrent and I fully expect to hear from the minister and the department… Let them do their work and we’ll go from there.”The mill’s industrial approval requires it to operate within a measure of 150 milligrams per referenced cubic metre of particulate matter when stacks are tested, and the June test showed the power boiler tested at 224 milligrams.Under the minister’s order, the company will also be required to post stack test results on its web site.The Northern Pulp mill, located in Abercrombie Point near Pictou, is to undergo a scheduled shutdown this month and the order also requires it to provide detailed reports about planned maintenance and how it plans to bring the power boiler into compliance.Rankin said the order gives him the power to revoke the mill’s industrial permit. He was asked whether that was a possibility.“If they don’t come into compliance with the order of course that’s a possibility,” he said.The Environment Department issued directives and warnings for emissions from the mill’s power boiler that were over the limit in 2015 and 2016.The mill was also fined $697.50 in June of last year, but that was withdrawn after it was revealed there were technical errors with the tests, according to the department.Northern Pulp spent $35 million in 2015 on a new electrostatic precipitator to help deal with particulate in its stack.
Washington DC: Space travel caused herpes viruses to reactivate in more than half of crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS), according to a NASA study, a finding that could jeopardise mankind’s future missions to Mars and beyond. While only a small proportion develop symptoms, virus reactivation rates increase with spaceflight duration and could present a significant health risk on future missions. “NASA astronauts endure weeks or even months exposed to microgravity and cosmic radiation — not to mention the extreme G forces of take-off and re-entry,” said Satish K Mehta at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. “This physical challenge is compounded by more familiar stressors like social separation, confinement and an altered sleep-wake cycle,” said Mehta. To study the physiological impact of spaceflight, researchers analyse saliva, blood and urine samples collected from astronauts before, during and after spaceflight. “During spaceflight there is a rise in secretion of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which are known to suppress the immune system,” said Mehta. “In keeping with this, we find that astronaut’s immune cells –particularly those that normally suppress and eliminate viruses — become less effective during spaceflight and sometimes for up to 60 days after,” he said. In the midst of this stress-induced amnesty on viral killing, dormant viruses reactivate and resurface, according to the research published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology. “To date, 47 out of 89 (53 per cent) astronauts on short space shuttle flights, and 14 out of 23 (61 per cent) on longer ISS missions shed herpes viruses in their saliva or urine samples,” said Mehta. “These frequencies — as well as the quantity — of viral shedding are markedly higher than in samples from before or after flight, or from matched healthy controls,” he said. Overall, four of the eight known human herpes viruses were detected. These include the varieties responsible for oral and genital herpes (HSV), chickenpox and shingles (VZV) — which remain lifelong in our nerve cells — as well as CMV and EBV, which take permanent but uneventful residence in our immune cells during childhood. CMV and EBV, are two viruses associated with causing different strains of mononucleosis or the “kissing disease”. So far, this viral shedding is typically asymptomatic, researchers said. “Only six astronauts developed any symptoms due to viral reactivation. All were minor,” said Mehta. However, continued virus shedding post flight could endanger immunocompromised or uninfected contacts on Earth, like newborns.
Agartala: The BJP on Friday demanded the removal of Tripura Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti and accused him of being a “conspirator”, a party official said here. State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman Nabendu Bhattacharjee said that a six-member delegation led by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met Election Commission (EC) officials in Delhi and demanded that Taranikanti be replaced by another senior officer. Bhattacharjee said that the CEO, during the Lok Sabha election to the Tripura West parliamentary seat on April 11, had directed election officials to “escort voters to the polling booths and their safe return at the behest of the CPI-M”. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “Not only the CEO, a section of officials in the state’s Election Department and in the districts acted in league with the CPI-M and the Congress. The CPI-M-led Left Front was in power in Tripura for 25 years consecutively. Hence, a large portion of the administrative machinery is still under their control,” Bhattacharjee told the media. Reacting to the development, BJP leader and Law and Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath told the media: “The CEO is one of the conspirators against the BJP. He helped the CPI-M and the Congress in the just concluded elections to the two Lok Sabha constituencies in Tripura. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “The Election Commission must remove the CEO immediately in the interest of democracy and the people of the state.” Meanwhile, the opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Congress, have strongly condemned the BJP for making “unfounded charges” against the CEO. “When the BJP came to power defeating the Left parties in last year’s Assembly polls, Sriram Taranikanti was the CEO that time too. He (Taranikanti) was a ‘hero’ for BJP and now he is a ‘villain’,” CPI-M Tripura state secretary Gautam Das told the media. “The CEO never asks people to cast votes in favour of a particular political party. During the Lok Sabha elections he played his constitutional role.” Das said that the BJP’s “gameplan to rig the elections in the entire Tripura West Lok Sabha seat was now exposed”. “We had on February 21, lodged a complaint against the Returning Officer to Tripura West seat Sandeep Mahatme. Removal of Mahatme and Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Rajiv Singh from election related duties by the EC, vindicated our allegations,” he added. Tripura Pradesh Congress Vice-President Tapas Dey said that the BJP’s demand was “unprecedented and unbelievable”. “It was Sriram Taranikanti, who led the state Assembly election just a year ago when the BJP had won defeating the Left parties in one of their strongholds,” Dey told reporters.
Kolkata: A man, who was abducted from Tiljala a few days ago, was rescued from Bihar by police on Thursday. During preliminary investigation, police officers came to know that the abduction took place over business rivalry.According to a source, on May 4, Afreen Warsi, a resident of PG Road in Tiljala, lodged a complaint with the police against the abduction of her husband by some criminals. She told the police that a few days ago some criminals, who were identified as Rajesh and Sushant, informed her over the phone that her husband identified as Niranjan Kumar alias Aman Warsi has been kidnapped and the alleged kidnappers demanded a ransom Rs 80 lakh. After the complaint was lodged with the police, the Anti Rowdy Squad (ARS) of Detective Department took charge of the case. The mobile numbers which were used to call up Afreen were traced. Meanwhile, Afreen kept bargaining with the kidnappers to reduce the ransom amount. After a few days, the ransom amount was fixed at Rs 6 lakh. Police officers traced the phone numbers at Jhajha in Jamui district of Bihar. A team of Anti Rowdy Squad immediately rushed to Jhajha. Afreen was told by the police to inform kidnappers that she is on her way with the money. When kidnappers thought that they were about to get the money and were waiting for Afreen, the Kolkata Police team managed to spot one of the kidnappers identified as Ranjit with the help from Bihar Police. Later, Niranjan was rescued from a nearby place. A source informed a few more persons were behind the abduction. Niranjan is a resident of Patna but at present lives in Tiljala where he owns a grocery shop. He was involved in some business deals with one of accused named in the FIR. It is suspected that there could be some dispute between Niranjan and the accused which led to the abduction. Niranjan was brought to Kolkata by the police officers. Search is on to nab other culprits, including the mastermind of the case.